An ACL replacement and meniscus repair in late 2007 put an end to my futsal and squash playing days. In August 2008 work took me from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Houston, Texas.
The Texas-sized portions at every meal meant that I needed to exercise, but my knee was still too sore to run or even jog on. I thought cycling would be a good low-impact alternative. I bought a Trek 7.5 FX from Bike Barn in May 2009 and started riding.
From little things big things grow.
I moved to the Netherlands in April 2010 with my Trek hybrid and a road bike that was custom-built for me by James Flatman at Alchemy Bicycles in Austin, Texas. I went back to Houston in April 2011 to ride in the MS150. I returned to the Netherlands with a second custom-built bike. This time with a titanium frame.
Both road bikes were put to regular use on the paths that make up the outstanding cycling infrastructure in Holland. New friendships were forged over coffee and apple pie after hours in the saddle. 18,000 kilometres worth in the two years I lived in Den Haag.
Which brings me to the present and my move back home to Kuala Lumpur. Where I had not ridden a road bike since a Raleigh took me to school and home again for a few months when I was sixteen. That forms the basis for this blog.